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By adrian (registered) | Posted October 05, 2010 at 09:30:38

From the Star article you linked to:

Perspective requires time, and that’s exactly what Facebook takes from us, and can never give back.

A little while ago I saw the headline of an article and it said something like, "The Pain That Everyone In Industrialized Countries Feels." Intrigued, I clicked on it. It was about back pain as the result of poor posture - pretty boring, in fact, when I had been expecting to read about shared emotional or mental pain.

I've since been thinking about this idea, because I believe that there is something painful that almost everyone in industrialized nations is experiencing, which is lack of time. Material-rich, time-poor, is something that people often remark about us. Given that there is nothing more valuable than time, just how poor are we? And why are we so time-poor in the first place?

Facebook brags that people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. What sort of world would we have if just 100 billion of those minutes were spent creating, writing, volunteering, reflecting, or actually spending real time, face-to-face, with friends and family?

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